Bold Enough to Share Our Home (Part 2)

brown brick house with white wooden door

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.  Acts 16:30-34

The story of the jailer in Philippi as recorded in Acts is truly amazing. Through the words and actions of Paul and Silas, not only did this jailer come to faith in Christ, but his entire family was welcomed into the kingdom of God through the waters of baptism. In gratitude for this precious gift that he had received, the jailer opened his home and his heart to men who were once his prisoners.

I wonder what those who were over this jailer would have thought? It’s unlikely that they would have commended him for his actions. In fact, the jailer probably invited Paul and Silas to his home at great risk to himself, his career, and possibly even his family. But to him, it was worth the risk. He was willing to be bold enough to share his home in thanksgiving for the gift of faith that he had received through Paul’s ministry.

When was the last time that you were bold enough to share the Gospel with someone? Was risk and fear of rejection enough to keep you from telling someone else about God’s love for them? Many times, our timid spirits get the better of us and we choose silence over being bold. But by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can confess Christ in a loving and winsome way even as Paul did. We never know when or where the opportunity will arise, but when it does, may we be bold enough to share.

Father, forgive us when we fail to share with others the love and grace that is ours in Christ. Thank You for welcoming us into Your kingdom even as You did for the jailer in Philippi and his family. Embolden us to share Your saving message with others for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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